The Toronto Blue Jays held on in the extra inning to win Game 2 of their series against the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Wednesday at Fenway Park.
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The only Canadian major league baseball team can say thank you to its relievers for this narrow victory. Adam Cimber (10-5) and Jordan Romano muzzled the hosts’ batters late in the game to lead theirs to victory.
Outfielder George Springer scored the winning run in the extra inning. He hit a double into left field off Ryan Braiser (0-3) to allow Jackie Bradley Jr. to cross the plate.
In that defensive battle, the game of the game came in the third inning, courtesy of Matt Chapman. The third baseman made a spectacular dive to catch Rafael Devers’ shot after a bound. He then passed the ball to Bo Bichette, who completed the double play by hitting Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at first base.
It was the son of the former glory of the Montreal Expos who tied the game in the fifth inning with a one-run single, imitating his teammate Alejandro Kirk, who pulled off the same maneuver in the fourth.
The Red Sox had taken the lead through Franchy Cordero, who dispatched a Jose Berrios offering out of bounds to open the scoring in the second inning. Enrique Hernandez also completed his lap of the trails on the sequence.
Despite a rocky start, Berrios can say mission accomplished as a starting pitcher. He put six batters in the mitt in as many innings, and only allowed five strikes from the safe.
The same can be said for Brayan Bello, who had seven strikeouts. He allowed one more hit than Berrios in one less inning of work.
The Blue Jays and Red Sox will complete this three-game series on Thursday.